You Know You Grew Up In North Carolina If

When going on a date in the springtime you and your sweetheart went frog gigging.

You think herring roe is better than caviar.

When you were a kid, if you were too sick to go to Sunday School, you were too sick to play with your friends on Sunday afternoon, and you were not allowed to go to the movies, play cards, or board games that involved dice on Sunday.

Your Mama sometimes bought produce from the back of a mule drawn cart on Saturday mornings and a quart of cream from the cream man. In spring she whipped the cream and made strawberry short cake with fresh strawberries.

You and your friends played hide-n-seek in the cloud of insecticide pumped from the back of the “fogging machine” on summer evenings, and you know what a fogging machine is.

You knew of at least one relative who had a licker still.

You remember when small fountain Coke cost three cents, a large cost a nickel. A nickel pack of Nabs had four nabs in it and was square.

You Know The Sky is Carolina Blue and The Outer Banks is Next to Heaven

You remember the first Hardees in Rocky Mount, and fast food was really fast.

When you were a teenager you learned if you packed enough folks in a convertible and drove through the car wash the people on the bottom wouldn’t get wet.

The family doctor made house calls and gave you candy after he gave you a shot.

Your daughters’ wedding receptions were pig pickings.

You know you only eat oysters in the months with an R in them.

You know what pot liquor is, and that it can nourish the baby if your milk goes dry.

The corner convenience store sells pickled pigs feet in a jar right next to the one with the giant dill pickles.

You can look at a field and tell whether it is planted with soybeans or peanuts.

You believe the Outer Banks is the next best thing to heaven.

You believe North Carolina owns the sky and that’s why it’s called Carolina Blue. 

Pig Picking

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Russell Sawyer 5 years ago

First day of May you could go bare footed, but you had to head to the house (that didn't have a lock) when the street lights came on. When school let out for summer you went to "Bible School" then hit the "Backer Patch" to prime some backer. Then send it to the barn so the "handers" could pass it to the "loopers" to tie onto the backer sticks that were held by the "horse" so the little guys could "take off sticks" and later hang it in the barn to be flue cured! Oh but before all this happened ya had to transplant and re-plant it and "Top & Sucker" the stuff. The "Sand Lugs" were rough, and Lava Soap sure was good for gettin the gum off!!! You got paid at the most $1.00 an hour and bought your school clothes/shoes with part of your cash after you gave 10% to your Church. If you were raised in Eastern NC ya might know what I'm talking about! I used to think we were poor back then, but now I realize we were blessed beyond measure!


Mark Respess 5 years ago

I grew up in rural Beaufort County (Pike Road) and there is nothing in this article that doesn't fit 100% with being from good ole' eastern NC. I LOVE it...can't imagine growing up or living anywhere else.


Tim G 5 years ago

I did have the pleasure of growing up in "rural" NC and when to my grandmother's often. We had a "Hog Killing" in Janurary when it was cold. That way the meat did not spoil. The neighbors came to help out and there was plenty of food to feed all. Cracklings were great when still hot - the lard went into large tins; the "chitlins" were cleaned to make link sausage.


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DonnaCSmith 6 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

Good one, WC!


WC 6 years ago

You show your age as well as your youth in North Carolina if you ever actually had an RC Cola and a Moon Pie after school.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Lived in California for 10 years, but now have been in N.C for 15 years. Does that make me more of a redneck? tehe. Nothing wrong with having pig picking for any occassion!


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

Thanks! I never have seen a pig race! But, at the Fair I always had my hands full at the horse show. I love the Village of Yesteryear - watching NC crafts people creating beautiful things.


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nutuba 7 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful post! First, I'll have to admit that I like boiled peanuts. One thing maybe to add to the list ... you know you're from NC if your favorite thing to do at the State Fair is watch the pig races. (I suppose other state fairs have pig racing though ... it's the funnest thing to watch!).


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

Mackeys Ferry Peanuts, which has a store near Jamesville, NC now, sells the boiled ones. They have a big sign outside. Not many people admit to liking them;o)


Deborah Brown 7 years ago

I see a lot more of the boiled peanut fans here in SC. In NC, we had roasted peanuts. I also remember eating a few raw right out of the field when we would go pick up the left overs from Uncle Arthur's.


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

LOL, the only boiled peanuts I've ever had was when I was in first grade. Our landlady - who owned a farm - would give them to me to take to school and eat during recess. I wonder if I'd like them now?


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Treasured Pasts 7 years ago from Commerce, Texas

And we witnessed some of these things when we went through last March. Sorry--I can't go with boiled peanuts though I did try.


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myra636 7 years ago from Viginia

Thanks for your comment You described most of my family there. lol


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GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

My home state Maine comes with alot of red neck sayings! Some of yours are familiar since I have been here almost 4 years. :O)


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

Frogyfish the butchering was/is called a "hog killin'" I was raised in town, so did not have experienced a hog killin'. I know way back in the old days it was a big party, as neighbors helped one another with the process of killing and preparing the meat.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Well, I knew quite a few, but not a pig picking. I thought it might be butchering, but not eating. That's what Florida panhandlers did - butcher, and share some meat with neighbors -and I know what chitlin's are though I've not eaten them. Fun hub! Thanks!


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

In Wake Forest Barnie gets a doggie biscuit at the bank. Been a long time since I took him to the bank; don't know if they still do it, what with the recession and all;o)


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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for the plug :-) We used to get suckers when you went through the drive-thru at the bank, too.


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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina Author

The orange colored crackers with peanut butter. Now they come six in a pack, made by various brands such as Lance. According to Wikipedia, "The term has its origins back to 1924 when the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) introduced a snack, put in a 5-cent sealed packet called "Peanut Sandwich Packet."

Also, in my research I found it is a Southern term referring to any snack cracker sandwich. Lance is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, so I guess I'll just claim it as rooted in North Carolina.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

i know a few of those things, but what are Nabs?

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